PARKER 75 *APOLLO 15 SPACE PEN Prototype* 1972
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Parker 75 Apollo 15 Space Pen Prototype Titanium Fountain Pen. Made in USA. Mint condition.
Also known as the Moon Pen.
Only 7 pens were made, including this one which is the only prototype.
For full details see the details on parker75.com. To go to the relevant page, click on the Reference tab on the home page, then on enter the site (bottom of next page), then Limited Edition 75s, then under 1972 pens click on the moon dust and titanium links. There are photographs of this actual pen.
This prototype contains the same original panel of moon dust, collected by astronauts James B. Irwin and David R. Scott, embedded into powdered gold through a process known as sintering, as the other 6 pens, and the rare titanium nib.
See also the provenance details shown in the last four photographs of this listing. The original papers will be supplied with the pen.
This prototype pen was sold through The Battersea Pen Home to a collector in 2006 for £9,750, and we have written confirmation of this from BPH.
As stated in the Bonhams listing with the provenance papers, 'this is an unrivalled opportunity to own both a part of the moon and a pen of unsurpassed rarity, a privilege previously only granted to Presidents and Statesmen in the cause of world peace.'
It is to be noted that the Bonhams pen had a standard 14K nib, and not the rare titanium one, which was most likely only fitted to the first 3 pens and this prototype.